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The Collection: An Alternative Women of the Year List

Action Item: Vote for Woman of the Year

Most women on the right were not impressed with Glamour’s Women of the Year. So we made an alternate slate of candidates: Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, Gal Gadot, Yulia Latynina, Courtney Love, and Nikki Haley. Poll is up. Winner to be announced on Monday Afternoon. Go Vote!

What Happened to the Moral Majority?

Just before I opened the internet’s hottest take on the Book of Esther, (thanks BD McClay) a twist on the Old Testament heroine’s story in the service of politics, a friend had sent this welcome insight along from a writer new to me, Dana Hall McCain, about twisting Christianity to serve political ends.

But somewhere along the way we’ve gotten confused on the hierarchy of things. We had good intentions when in the 80s we founded the Moral Majority to harness the power of Christian voters and increase impact on government, in the hope of shaping our culture. But two distinct problems have emerged: political investment has yielded almost no discernible positive impact on our culture (look at the stats — we’re actually going backward), and the focus on the effort has distracted us from our real calling, which is to deliver the gospel message to the lost so that they might be saved.
The hyper-focus on conservative politics in the church has convinced many in our midst that achieving and maintaining political power is our first calling, and that political success is the primary way we impact our culture for Christ. Not evangelism. Not service. Not serious reflection on our own sins and subsequent repentance. Not the cumulative effect of many hearts brought to Christ and lives subsequently transformed, resulting in a more Christ-like culture. Just win on election night…at all costs.

Just how much did we render unto Caesar?

The Beginning is Near, Advent is here.

I am not the only one returning to a robust practice of Advent. Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler of the Risen Motherhood podcast did a “Making Christmas Traditions Matter” podcast last year. I can vouch for more than a few of their Advent suggestions. The Little People Nativity set. Still have it. Book lists, readings. Done those — if not those specific lists. Highly recommended. And I will put my Twelve Days of Christmas plan this week. Sounds scary, but it isn’t.

Facts are stubborn things. (And lawyers aren’t popular.)

A jury returns an unexpected verdict in the high profile Kate Steinle case when “everyone” had already decided he was guilty. Then Sarah Rumpf, a lawyer, not a woman playing a legal journalist, looked at the facts, stubborn things that they are, and quickly surmised that the prosecution had overcharged the case. People are unhappy. But we do have Due Process for a reason — and this is it. I suspect there is a big overlap in people calling for Due Process for politicians and media personalities making the news and those who are certain that this guy is guilty. Still, I concur with Jennifer Greenberg.

Trump, Taxes, and the Senate

Karol Markowicz and Amy Otto discuss the Senate tax bill on The Fifth Estate Podcast that Amy co-hosts with Jay Caruso.

Reviews

You Wished It Might, Lisa DePasquale’s new modern romance, reviewed — favorably — by SLM Goldberg.

Melissa Braunstein gives an original review of Erica Komisar’s Being There. So far, conservative mothers at home have generally given it favorable reviews and other women have hated it. Melissa basically explains why the divergence.

A note from Leslie

We’ve had a spate of articles about the death of social media (again) or about TIME finally getting bought. Other magazines are on offer. They all seem to lack knowledge of their common theme: sow the wind, reap the whirlwind. Oh, some of the early creators of Facebook look back and know what they created and regret it — now that they cannot control it. They always thought it would turn out as they imagined. But the others, especially the old journalist types like the outgoing folks at TIME, just seem unaware of how they helped create the media world in which we now live.

Honestly, how do you get to be the editor of TIME, and say things like this:

So what happens when the single figure who is supposed represent the entire country, uphold the laws that bind us all, command the forces that protect us all, manage the executive that governs us all, seems to have very little interest, for neither practical political reasons nor high minded purposeful ones, in uniting the country?

…without knowing or realizing that Barak “I have a pen” Obama came off as just the sort of bully who cares not a bit about unity? Of course, Obama’s declarations to work around Congress were cheered by these media types because Obama was doing things they approved of while they dismissed objections as “lawlessness” (Charles Blow at the NYT).

Social media has fulfilled the promise optimists once had for it. There is still work to be done in journalism, but I only have a tiny fiddle to play for so many of these media folks aghast at the state of news media now. Really, what did they think would happen?

From the magazine

Ladies Last by EdgeOfTheSandbox

“We Need a Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute” A holiday sanity plan by Leslie Loftis

Off-Air “Today” Lived Yesterday’s Worst Values by slmgoldberg

Abusing the Bible to Defend Roy Moore Won’t Work by @Georgi_Boorman

(Leslie’s note on that piece.)

L’Affaire Limey Jacket by @EdgeoftheSandbox


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